The Quest for a Radical Profession

The Quest for a Radical Profession: Social service careers and political ideology

May 22, 1990
274 pages
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-0-8191-7751-3
ISBN-10: 9780819177513

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This book, based on in-depth interviews of radical social workers, who at one time were associated with the Catalyst collective, explores through oral history the social psychological effects of upward mobility on political ideology. Historically large numbers of idealistic activists entered social work and other human services professions, but there have been few studies about the careers of such individuals and what has happened to radicals who pursue careers as community organizers, caseworkers or therapists, administrators or planners.